'Israeli Mafia' Thrives in Silicon Valley but Can’t Escape High Cost of Living

Conversations with some of the more than 50,000 Israelis living and working around Palo Alto reveals benefits and drawbacks of living and working in the area.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA – Almost every Silicon Valley company, whether large or small, has Israelis among its employees. Some come as part of company relocation programs. Many originally arrived to study at top U.S. universities, while others immigrated to the United States a decade ago or more ago and settled down. What draws Israelis to Silicon Valley and what bothers them about the...